Project Description


Rolling Along

The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair, A Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Learning Book

by Jamee Riggio Heelan
illustrated by Nicola Simmonds

This triumphant story offers a valuable look at both adjusting to a wheelchair and facing physical limitations with boundless energy and determination.

Taylor and Tyler are twin brothers and best friends. But the twins are different in one significant way: Taylor has cerebral palsy, while Tyler does not. Taylor works hard to strengthen his weak legs in therapy and at home. But when he learns to use a wheelchair, he finds that he is able to get around school more quickly than he could with his walker. He is even able to play basketball with Tyler!

Accompanied by Simmonds’s bright multimedia paintings, Heelan’s reveals the experiences of a child who lives with physical limitations and shows how wheelchairs allow people to be more independent.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-219-4
Publication Date: 1/1/2000
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-5/8 ̎ x 9-5/8 ̎
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 4.1
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Cerebral Palsy, Disabilities, Siblings, Wheelchairs
BISAC 1: JNF019060 Juvenile Nonfiction / Family / Parents
BISAC 2: JNF024070 Juvenile Nonfiction / Health & Daily Living / Physical Impairments


“The facts are here, the frustration, the courage, the hope.” ―Booklist                   

Rolling Along helps fill a need experienced in many libraries as it presents a well-rounded and objective view of a child with a physical handicap…. simple, but well told.” ―Christian Library Journal

“I found the words to be sensitive and interesting and found it to be a valuable read for children without a disability to get a better understanding of what it means on a daily basis for kids that do. I highly recommend!” ―Momma’s Bacon

Meet the Author

Jamee Riggio Heelan holds a BS in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. She is the coordinator of the Children’s Amputee Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Her work is dedicated to treating children and educating others about childhood disabilities. She lives in Illinois.

Meet the Illustrator

Nicola Simmonds holds a BA Honors in Visual Communications from the University of Brighton. She has been involved in the design and production of children’s books for the past decade, both in England and the United States. She lives in Georgia.